…owes N74M on projects under observation
By: Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The present Administration under the leadership of Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has claimed to have spent a sum of seven Billion naira on roads and bridges construction across the sixteen Local Government Areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Works and Transport Alhaji Aro Yahaya made this disclosure on Tuesday while featuring on 18th edition of the Media Parliament organised by Kwara Chapter of Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ).
He noted that the fund was taken from the pool of Kwara Infrastructural Development Funds (IFK) and the above quoted figure of fund was spent between September 2016 and August 2017.
“A sum of N7 Billion has been used in settling contractors handling various project in the state in the last one year of IFK inauguration,basically between September last year and August this year” he disclosed
Yahaya said since the disbursement of the fund,Contractors handling projects have returned to various site for commencement and continuation of projects
The Commissioner added that the state needed to settle some Contractors with a sum of N74 Million as the projects they handled are still under a year project observation.
“To let you know the state government don’t take sub standard projects we have N74 Million to pay some contractors whom projects are still under observation” he added.
Yahaya noted that there is no rational behind roads rehabilitation in the state while he debunked abandonment of on-going roads and bridges commenced since 2014.
He assured Kwara residents of timely completion of projects before the end of this administration and continuation of construction as soon as raining season is off.
The Commissioner however urged the Kwara resident to desist from dumping of refuse in drainages so as to make the roads and drainages last longer.
In his remarks, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Communication Doctor Muideen Akorede allayed the fear of Lassa fever spread in the state adding that only the state Ministry of Health is saddled with the responsibility to make pronouncement if there is any development as the state government works round the clock to contain the epidemic.
Akorede commended the Union for coming up with “Parliament”which he said avails the government stewards to give account of activities in their offices,while the public are feed with adequate,concise and correct information.
Similarly,the Commissioner for Information and Communication,Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe said the phase 2 of Light Up Kwara (LUK) projects will take care of take of Kwara rural areas as the phase 1 covered only the dualise roads in the metropolis which he said are self sustaining and value for money oriented streets light.